Devon Aoki Best Known For Being one of the most high profile fashion models. Having appeared in 2003 action movie, 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Born Name: Devon Edwenna Aoki
Occupation: Actress, Model
Years active: 1997–present
Born: August 10, 1982, 37 years and 7 months, New York City, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Hazel
Measurements: 33-23-34 in or 84-58.5-86 cm
Bra size: 32AA
Devon Aoki got her high school education from The American School in London.
Father – Hiroaki Aoki (Actor)
Mother – Pamela Hilburger (Painter and Jewelry Designer)
Siblings – Steve Aoki (Older Half-Brother) (DJ and Record Producer), Kana Grace Nootenboom (Half-Sister), Kyle N. Aoki (Half-Brother), Jenifer Crumb (Half-Sister), Kevin Aoki (Half-Brother), Echo V. Aoki (Half-Sister)
Others – Yunosuke Aoki (Paternal Grandfather), Katsu Aoki (Paternal Grandmother), Edwin K. Hilburger (Maternal Grandfather), Rosa Doris Mumford (Maternal Grandmother).
Devon Edwenna Aoki is an American actress and fashion model. Aoki’s film roles include supporting roles in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Sin City (2005) and lead roles in DOA: Dead or Alive (2006) and Mutant Chronicles (2008). She is now considered as an icon in the fashion industry by models.com.
Aoki was born in 1982 in New York City. She grew up in California and attended high school at The American School in London.
Her father is former Olympic wrestler and Benihana restaurant magnate Rocky Aoki and her mother is Pamela Hilburger, a jewelry designer. She is of Japanese (from her father) and German and English (from her mother) ancestry. She started modeling when she was 13, the same year her godmother introduced her to Kate Moss. She has an older sister and a younger brother, as well four half-siblings including Steve Aoki.
Following her runway debut in 1997, Aoki walked for brands including Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons and Chanel. In 1998, at the age of 16, Aoki replaced Naomi Campbell as the face of Versace. She has also been featured in advertising campaigns for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Hugo Boss, L’Oreal, Lancome and Tiffany & Co., and walked for designers including Versace, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Jean Paul Gaultier, Celine, Baby Phat, and Marc Jacobs.
Aoki has graced the covers of numerous international fashion magazines, including US’ Ocean Drive, Vegas, Nylon, i-D, Interview, Elle Girl and UK’s Wonderland; Korea’s CosmoGirl; France’s Jalouse; Australia’s Russh and 10 Magazine; Japan’s Voce and Harper’s Bazaar; and Malaysia’s Her World. Additionally, Aoki has appeared on the covers of Vogue (Germany, Russia, Japan, Korea) and Numéro Tokyo. In 2006, she posed for Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee for charity photo-book “Super Stars”, which was dedicated to the victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster.
In September 2007, she designed a capsule collection for Levi’s Asian market called Levi’s +D. Aoki described the collaboration by saying: “It’s called Levi’s + D, the D is for Devon. We’re doing everything from denim to swimwear – you name it! I get inspired by vintage pieces you can’t really get anymore.” In 2017, she returned to the runway for Moschino’s fashion show and appeared in advertising campaigns for “Sephora x Moschino” and Hugo Boss. In 2018, Aoki walked the runway for Jeremy Scott’s eponymous brand, starred in an editorial for American Vogue and appeared in advertising campaigns for Moschino Fragrance, Nordstrom and Swarovski. In September 2019, she appeared in Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s “Bazaar Icons 2019” issue, photographed by Mario Sorrenti.
As an actress she has appeared in films 2 Fast 2 Furious, D.E.B.S., Sin City, Dead or Alive, War, Mutant Chronicles and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead. She was cast as Tatsu Yamashiro in Arrow season 3, but was replaced by Rila Fukushima due to a scheduling conflict. She appeared briefly in documentary films I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer the former about her brother Steve Aoki.
She is considered as an icon in the fashion industry by models.com. In 2017, Dominic Cadogan of Dazed called Aoki a “cult model” and “one of the most recognisable alternative faces of the 90s”. Cadogan continued by saying, “by the time she was 16, she was one of the most in-demand girls of the moment, with some of the industry’s top photographers (including Juergen Teller, Ellen von Unwerth and Nick Knight) all transforming her in their images.” In April 2019, Marie Claire listed her as one of the 15 supermodels of the 2000s who changed the face of fashion.
In February 2019, Wonderland magazine reported that singer Rihanna channeled Aoki’s iconic look from the action film 2 Fast 2 Furious for her Fenty Beauty campaign. In the film, Aoki’s car racing character Suki leans to her custom pink Honda S2000 wearing a white top and pink jeans.
Devon Aoki is married to James Bailey, and they have a son and two daughters: James Hunter, Alessandra Linville, and Eleanor Talitha. Her daughter Alessandra appeared in Guess Kids spring 2018 advertising campaign.
She modeled during the third annual charity fashion show presented by General Motors on February 24, 2004. Aoki and her brother Steve Aoki co-chaired the 2018 Red Cross Gala in San Francisco in March 2018.
Devon Aoki is represented by
D’ Management Group – Milan
Select Model Management – London
Elite Model Management – Stockholm
Elite Model Management – Amsterdam
Elite Model Management – Paris
One Management – New York
TFM World – Oslo
Devon is of Japanese descent on father’s side, whereas, has English and German ancestry on mother’s side.
Devon Aoki has starred in a TV advert for the Japanese fruit drink company.
She has also been featured in print campaign for beauty products from Lancome Paris.
The other brand she has done promotion work for include Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Atsuro Tayama, Baby Phat, Banila B, Boss by Hugo Boss, Chanel, Click Blesk Krasota, Denim, eLuxury.com, EmperorMoth, Helena Rubinstein, Junko Shimada, Kathleen Madden, Kesho, Wakusei, L’Oreal Professional, Max Factor, Momono Tennensui, Moschino, OZOC, Promaster, Ra-Re, Scanlan & Theodore, Spring Court, Tiffany & Co., Ungaro Fever, Versace, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent, etc.
First Fashion Week
Devon debuted with Ready to Wear – Autumn / Winter 1997 Fashion Week where she walked for Bella Freud.
Devon debuted with 2003 comedy film Death of a Dynasty in the role of Picasso.
First TV Show
In 2007, Devon was seen in the talk show Up Close with Carrie Keagan as herself in just 1 episode.
Devon Aoki makes sure that she is hitting the gym on regular basis. Her workout sessions last about 1 hour.
In case, she doesn’t have the time or inclination to hit the gym, she heads out to Central Park for running sessions. She also likes to cycle in the Central park.
Devon Aoki Favorite Things
Wardrobe Piece – Maroon Azzedine Alaïa Gown
Beauty Products – Bobbi Brown foundation and Tubes by Lancome
Devon Aoki Facts
Devon Aoki was originally discovered at a concert in New York City by a scout from the American fashion magazine.
The British model Kate Moss saw her in the magazine and alerted her agent Sarah Doukas. Sarah signed her up for her Storm Agency. At that time, she was 14 years old.
When she was 16 years old, the fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld found in her his new muse and made her the face of Versace in place of British model Naomi Campbell.
Despite being an A-level student in high school, she decided against joining the university as she believed that traveling and working gave her broader and more in-depth knowledge than any college degree.